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paraphrase

1. an expression of a statement or text in other words, esp in order to clarify
2. the practice of making paraphrases

Paraphrase

 

(1) In literature, the retelling of a literary work in one’s own words; also, an abridged exposition, or adaptation, of a long literary work, such as a children’s edition of Cervantes’ Don Quixote or Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. The term was also used to designate the rendering of a prose text into verse. An example is Three Paraphrased Odes (1743, published 1744), three versified renderings of the 143rd Psalm by V. K. Tredia-kovskii, M. V. Lomonosov, and A. P. Sumarokov. The aim of this work was to ascertain which verse meter was most appropriate for the high style. Some linguists consider paraphrase a synonym for periphrasis.

(2) In music, a term widely used in the 19th century for a virtuoso instrumental fantasia, usually for piano, based on themes from such sources as popular songs and operatic arias. These themes often undergo considerable change. Most paraphrases are classed with light music. A number of masterly paraphrases were composed by F. Liszt, such as those based on themes from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto and on the polka from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin.

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Evitant les ecueils de l'hagiographie complaisante, les articles proposent des analyses minutieuses des continuites, des contradictions ou encore des actions qui temoignent d'un << sens pratique >>, pour paraphraser Bourdieu, dans les trajectoires des passeurs invoques.
On voit deja se profiler la un emploi relatif si l'on accepte de considerer que le sujet et le verbe qui introduisent que forment une sorte d'antecedent que l'on peut plus ou moins paraphraser. C'est ce que signale Le Goffic (1993: 539-540):
Le roman Les "demons craches" de l'autre Republique fait entrer le lecteur dans un monde merveilleux dans lequel certains actes, pour paraphraser Antoine Tshitungu dans son explication de Ngando de Paul Lomami Tchibamba, echappent a la logique cartesienne des lors que leur causalite se fonde sur des parametres materiellement non justifiables (Tshitungu 2008: 371).
La difference, pourtant, entre la production de De Monteux de Merybel et Valverde (du moins dans ses premieres versions) reside dans le fait que le langage est uniquement << vulgaire >>, mais, aussi et surtout, que le premier ne nous dit pas d'oU proviennent ces connaissances, si elles sont simplement le fait de l'observation oU s'il s'agit de paraphraser des auteurs grecs ou latins.
This poet was a lyricist, a sonneteer, a paraphraser of Horace, a teller of tales from ancient Greece as well as from the stories of the Indians and the frontiersmen.
Ainsi peut-on paraphraser Michel Picard pour dire qu'en devenant culturel le tourisme prepare le terrain pour la culture afin qu'elle devienne a son tour touristique; non seulement en epousant le tourisme, mais surtout en l'adaptant aux realites locales.
Voila la queqssion (pour paraphraser un personnage de Perrault dans Un Pays sans ban sens, 1970).
Pour paraphraser l'auteur, l'ideologie du liberalisme amene les petits eleveurs a faire du travail leur valeur principale; l'impact de la culture scientifique est fort dans la reussite de certains elevages periurbains.
(8) The variety of poetic kinds and modes that Finch used is just one indication of the range of personae that she enlisted, including the Aesopian narrator, the satirist (despite Finch's claims to the contrary), the various Ardelias (often the pastoral poet or playful correspondent but also the poet of melancholy and victim of political oppression), the lyrist, the heroic and the mock-heroic writer, the elegist whose poems usually mourned both the dead and the condition of the state, the devotional poet, biblical paraphraser, and the odist who treated matters of spiritual and political significance (here I include "The Spleen" as such a poem as well as the more obvious examples, such as "All is Vanity" and "Upon the Hurricane").
En ce qui concerne la politique publique sur ces dispositifs, j'aimerais paraphraser le sage qui a dit que le meilleur moment pour planter un arbre, c'etait il y a 25 ans.
En somme, les societes contemporaines, pour paraphraser Moreau Defarges (2003), seraient entrees dans une << ere de gouvernance >> dans laquelle l'Etat ne peut plus jouer le role structurant de reguler l'ensemble des rapports sociaux.
Similarly, I have shown that Shem-Tov Falaquera, the thirteenth-century translator, paraphraser, and explicator of Arabic philosophic texts, did not have access to the Arabic translation of the Ethics, but only to an epitome of it (Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought 14 [1998]: 87-102).